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130 kg of soaked, dried Afghan heroin seized

New Delhi: Special Cell of Delhi Police on Friday said that they recovered about 130 kilograms of soaked and dried heroin being imported under the cover of a basil seed consignment from a container in Navi Mumbai.

The consignment originated from Islam Qila, Herat, Afghanistan and took the sea-route to Mumbai via Bandar Abbas in Iran. Two people, a Delhi-based man and a Kandahari Afghan national were arrested during the raids. Total recoveries in ongoing operation now exceed 330 kilograms with a street value of about Rs 1,320 crores.

Police identified the accused as Tifal Nau Khez who is believed to be the kingpin of the drug cartel and Ahmad Shah Alokozai a native of Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) Manishi Chandra said that after the arrest of one Ahmad Shah, based upon his revelations, a team was dispatched to Mumbai to search for a suspected cargo which was lying somewhere in the vast JNPT Nhava Sheva area of Navi Mumbai.

"The team conducted a thorough search at the Customs Bonded area in Maharashtra. A container which was imported by the arrested accused through his contacts in Mumbai from the Bandar Abbas port of Iran was found containing about 260 Jute Bags with Basil seeds," said DCP Chandra.

DCP special cell further said that on opening the jute bags, it was found to contain another jute bag covered with thin white colour polythene layering.

The inner jute bag covered with thin white colour polythene was found containing soaked and dried Afghan Heroin. Each bag has approximately 500 gms of pure raw heroin.

On the directions of his handlers based in Afghanistan, Tifal Nau Khez had setup a reconstitution factory at a flat in Zakir Nagar. He was the one who oversaw all the operations from reconstitution to delivery of processed Heroin in Punjab on the directions of Afghan-based drug lord Haji.

Alokozai is living in Delhi for the past few years under the cover of wholesale dry fruits dealer. "This time he was given the of handling the consignment of Basil seeds from Mumbai port. This consignment was also sent by druglord Haji, this time through sea route," said DCP Cell.

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